As the only XXL staffer reppin’ the Golden State and, more specifically, the city with no seasons, I often find myself embroiled in East Coast conversations where the prevailing sentiment is: “The West Coast ain’t putting nothing out.”

Now granted, I’m obviously extremely biased (Inglewood born and raised, right off of Hyde Park and La Brea), but I beg to differ. Since someone left the door unlocked and let this G-girl in the building, I’ve made it a personal goal of mine to show y'all what's really good on the left side.

Because as you’ll soon come to see, the West Coast has been bubblin' for a minute (what up, E-40, Snoop Dogg, Too $hort and The Game) and it's starting to look like 2010 will be the year the Cali scene takes center stage once again.

With dudes like Pac Div…

Nipsey Hussle…

Dom Kennedy…

And Jay Rock...

...who are focused and hungry, the West has a fresh crop of lyricists that are more than ready to carry the torch and spark a fire under a few of the O.G.'s.

Pictures just don’t lie:

The Game posted the above image on Twitter a few nights ago and I was surprised to see these three back in the studio. I don’t know exactly how Snoop, Dr. Dre and Game got together but I’m glad it did. Even though it's been coming out for like 5 years now all I can say is Detox! Let’s go!

Oh, and don’t worry, I’ll explain my birth name later. For now, though, let me know who you think is the hottest MC out of the West right now? —Brooklyne Gipson